Tuesday, May 24, 2011

To Market, to Market!

If you have ever been antiquing 
or vintage treasure hunting in Chicago,
you probably know about the 
Randolph Street Market.

Aptly termed a "mecca of cool" 
this outdoor and indoor market 
attracts over 200 dealers and vendors
from all over the country one weekend a month,
seven months a year.

Nate Berkus says, 
"I love this market ... the quality is incredible!"
You will find everything from antique, vintage and modern
furnishings, to clothing, jewelry, and collectibles.

(Photo courtesy of the Huffington Post)

Not only are there GREAT antiques and vintage
things to go CRAZY for,
there are vintage fashion and jewelry vendors, 
designers and local artists,
fresh foods, flowers and plant vendors too.

Each month there is a theme ---
this month's is 

Held on the last weekend of every month,
from May through November, 
this urban chic marketplace, 
now in it's 8th season,
is not to be missed.

Located in Chicago's historic West Loop neighborhood,
 at 1350 West Randolph Street,
this shopping destination is easy to get to 
and offers convenient
valet parking for suburbanites (like me.) 

Why do I love the Randolph Street Market?

Amazing Antiques and Vintage Finds
Fantastic vendors from across the country
Really great food
(from trendy local eateries)
Live musical groups
Beers and wines 
(so you can have a cocktail while browsing)
Fast Cash available ( ATM's)
Easy pick-up and loading service
Early bird shopping option 
The city skyline is your backdrop
(love that)
Fun people watching spot!

What's NOT to love?


BTW..... $25 will get you in the doors 
2 hours early (8 - 10am) for shopping 
before general admission. 
Worth every penny and
all the proceeds got to charity....sweet!


I will be there with friends
this weekend 
for the grand opening
of the Randolph Street Market.

So jump in your car,
or hop on the next plane,
and meet us in the windy city 
this weekend, ok?

 What are you waiting for?

My kind of town.      (Photo courtesy of myopera.com)


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Sounds amazing! Just a bit too far away from me. But if I could just hop on a plane I would. Have fun!

Blondie's Journal said...

Alison...this is happening in my own backyard and I didn't know it??!! Oh my!! I know where I will be next month! Thanks for all the info and the gorgeous pictures of our beautiful city!


laxsupermom said...

Sounds like a terrific way to spend a day! Wish I could be there. Have a terrific time - hope you find some treasures to bring home.

Boho Farm and Home said...

That sounds so fun! I just love Chicago...it's mark is embedded in me, no matter how far away I go. Would love to go with you!

Emily said...

Alison, Just my cup of tea. I love going on "the hunt", you never know what you'll come home with.
Great Post!

The French Hutch

Gail Peterson said...

Wow I am putting it on my calendar for the next time I go to Chicago if it's being held!
I grew up north of Chicago, It has so many fun things to do! I love the houses there... they are amazing!
Hope you found lots of treasures...

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I would love to go to Chicago and visit the market!!!

Upscale Downhome said...

My kind of shopping...it's now on my to do list for the summer. Thanks for the info!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a great way to spend a weekend...my son lives in Old Town. I am always looking for an excuse to visit him so maybe I'll make it there this summer! Thanks for sharing Alison...~Ann

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

have to skip it on account of my nephew's graduation Sat and then his party Sunday, but i can't wait to visit with my friends!

have a blast, Alison.


Sarah said...

Alison, yet another reason to get myself to Chicago. I've got this in my "Chicago" file now. Thanks! ~ Sarah

Town and Country Gals said...

What a great market to have nearby!
Sounds like it has a lot of fabulous finds for those of us who love the hunt! Hey, if Nate loves it you know it's gotta be good! Wish it was closer!
P.S. Glad you like my header photo, that's my old riding hat and my Aunt's boots.

Kathy said...

Beautiful post, I've heard Chicago is the place for lots of things!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wow! Would love to visit this market!

AshTreeCottage said...

I wish I could be there! Chicago is my hometown and miss it!!

Susan and Bentley

Stephanie said...

Wish I lived closer!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Hi Alison,
First let me say that I LOVE your Polohouse. What a wonderful conversion from a wonderful old barn to a wonderful home! I am so looking forward to your posts and being able to visit with you. It is so good to meet a fellow Illinois blogger! Thanks to my great pals Susan and Bentley for introducing us :) She knows me so well :)

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Not to comment on your latest post. This market looks amazing! I would love to go, sometime. My daughter spent 4 yrs at Columbia College in the South Loop, so the Windy City was like a second home to me.

Babs said...

Antiques, good food and wine? My kind of wonderful. I wish I could be there. Antique fairs are scarce as hen's teeth in the Atlanta area.
Have fun and find some wonderful things to show us.
Hope you have a great weekend and Memorial Day,

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How much fun this would be...I love Chicago, you have also have the most wonderful art museum...but alas I live to far away. But maybe sometime I will be there and can go. Have fun!

Town and Country Gals said...

What a fun market to have nearby! Sounds like it has all the "good" stuff, along with food and drink! Wish it was closer! Glad you like my header, it's a photo I took of my old riding hat and my Aunt's riding boots on a stack of old suitcases.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Alison! This sounds like so much fun. Make sure and show us what goodies you come home with.

Heidi said...

I was planning to go, but my girls had soccer tournaments ~ poo. And it rained the whole time! Did you go to the blogger breakfast?